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Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season

NOTE: As of 3/4/14, this version of the roster matrix is no longer current. It reflects the changes from the end of the 2013 regular season until the start of 2014 spring training. It should now be considered a historical reference document. For the active roster matrix for 2014 spring training, click here.

With the 2013-2014 off-season now underway, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the end of the 2013 regular season until 2014 spring training. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from short-season ball through the conclusion of the 2013 season.

If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary:

As the 2013 regular season ended, the St. Louis Cardinals had 274 players under contract from top to bottom, including a full 40-man roster. The matrix places each one at his end-of-season assigned level in the system as well as by position. It is kept updated daily or as transactions occur.

Nowhere else will you find this current and comprehensive single-page view of the entire Cardinals organization.

Don’t be concerned about the order of the players’ names within a team. It has no relative significance.

The 25-man roster for St. Louis is not in place during the off-season. Pay more attention to the players on the 40-man roster that are called out in bold.

Also listed are Cardinals organization players who became free agents following the 2013 season. Their numbers are not included in the organizational totals.

Full team rosters and player profiles at The Cardinal Nation

Remember that to get detailed profile information on every single one of these 274 Cardinals players, simply check out their free player profiles freshly updated now at The Cardinal / You can see bios, photos, videos, articles, news items, links to current season and career stats and much more – everything you need to know about a player in one place.

Click on the following links to be taken to one of the nine team pages at The Cardinal Nation. You can also see rosters and player profiles back to 2004:

Full-season clubs

St. Louis Cardinals
Memphis Redbirds
Springfield Cardinals
Palm Beach Cardinals
Peoria Chiefs

Short-season clubs

State College Spikes
Johnson City Cardinals
Gulf Coast League Cardinals
Dominican Summer League Cardinals

Once on a team page, just click on a player’s name to be taken to his individual profile page for that year. For example, here is the link directly to Kolten Wong’s 2013 Memphis profile.

Looking ahead and back

Now that you’ve found this page once, remember one of three ways to get back here. Bookmark the page, type “Roster Matrix” in the dark blue search box at the upper right or use the dropdown menu at the top of the page: “Players/Staff” > “Depth Charts/Roster Matrix”.

For details behind past rosters and transactions, check out the earlier versions of the Cardinals organization roster matrix as follows.

Link to previous matrices: Jan–March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009-February 2010, Spring camp 2010, Opening season 2010, First half 2010, Short-season 2010, 2010-11 Off-season, 2011 spring training, 2011 regular season, 2011 short-season, 2011-2012 off-season, 2012 spring training, 2012 regular season, 2012 short season, 2012-2013 off-season, 2013 spring training, 2013 regular season, 2013 short season.


11/3: New matrix. Organization total: 274 players.

11/4: Five players became free agents: Ps Chris Carpenter, Edward Mujica and Jake Westbrook, SS Rafael Furcal and OF Carlos Beltran. Removed retired SPR 3B Matt Cerda. New organization total: 268 players.

11/5: Three players outrighted, become free agents: Mem C Rob Johnson, 1B Brock Peterson, OF Adron Chambers. 10 minor league free agents: Mem Ps Nick Additon, Richard Castillo, Ramon Delgado, Deryk Hooker. Mem OFs Chad Huffman, Jamie Romak, Justin Christian. Spr P Zack Russell, 3B Ruben Gotay. Peo P Jay Voss. New organization total: 255 players.

11/7: FA 3B Scott Moore signed to minor league deal with spring training invite. New organization total: 256 players.

11/12: 8 free agents signed: Ps Juan Alvarez, Franyel Casadilla, Oneiver Diaz; C Dennis Ortega; IF Luis Flores; OFs Andres Luna, Jonathan Rivera, Carlos Rodriguez. New organization total: 264 players.

11/15: Free agent OF/1B Jamie Romak signed minor league contract with Dodgers. FA RHR Zack Russell signed minor league deal with Texas.

11/18: Minor league FA LHS Nick Additon signed minor league deal with Baltimore. Cardinals sign free agent C Ed Easley to minor league deal with ST invite. New organization total: 265 players.

11/20: Three players added to 40-man: IF Greg Garcia, OFs Oscar Taveras, Mike O’Neill. Outrighted (removed from 40-man): LHS John Gast, 3B Jermaine Curtis, SS Ryan Jackson. Jackson claimed by Houston. New organization total: 264 players.

11/22: StL trades 3B David Freese, RHR Fernando Salas to LAA for OF Peter Bourjos, OF Randal Grichuk.

11/24: StL signs free agent SS Jhonny Peralta. New organization total: 265 players.

11/25: Minor league free agents re-sign: RHR Deryk Hooker with Oakland, OF Adron Chambers with Houston.

12/2: StL RHR John Axford non-tendered. DSL OF Carlos Luis signed as free agent.

12/5: Free agent RHR Edward Mujica signs with Red Sox. Free agent IF Rafael Furcal signs with Miami.

12/6: Free agent OF Carlos Beltran signs with Yankees.

12/9: Free agent 1B Dariel Gomez, SS Oscar Cotes sign. New organization total: 267 players.

12/11: RHS Angel Castro signed to major league contract. New organization total: 268 players.

12/12: Triple-A phase of Rule 5 draft: Added Mem SS Greg Miclat, SC 1B/3B Jesus Ustariz. Lost Mem RHR Kevin Thomas, Spr SS Jake Lemmerman, PB LHS Hector Hernandez. New organization total: 267 players.

12/13: FA 1B Brock Peterson signs minors deal with Washington.

12/14: FA OF Chad Huffman signs with Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.

12/15: FA 2B Mark Ellis signs with StL. FA RHR John Axford to Cleveland. New organization total: 268 players.

12/21: FA 3B Ruben Gotay signs with Cincinnati. Peo 2B Leandro Mateo released. New organization total: 267 players.

1/6/14: OF Rafael Ortega claimed off waivers from Texas and added to 40-man roster. New organization total: 268 players.

1/7: FA RHS Richard Castillo signs minors deal with Colorado.

1/10: FA OF Justin Christian signs minors deal with Tampa Bay.

1/13: SC RHP Willy Paulino released. New organization total: 267 players.

1/17: 1B Curt Smith signed. New organization total: 268 players.

1/21: 18 non-roster players to MLB camp. Mem: Ps Jose Almarante, Lee Stoppelman; Cs Ed Easley, Travis Tartamella; 3B Scott Moore; OF James Ramsey. Spr: Ps Zach Petrick, Tim Cooney; Cs Casey Rasmus, Cody Stanley; 1B Xavier Scruggs; 2B Luis Mateo; OF Stephen Piscotty. PB: Ps Marco Gonzales, Sam Gaviglio, Jordan Swagerty; 3B Patrick Wisdom. SC C Carson Kelly.

1/22: SC RHP Andrew Pierce suspended for 50 games. C Juan Castillo and C Charlie Neil invited to spring training. New organization total: 270 players.

2/6: FA RHR Pat Neshek signed to a minor league deal with spring training invite. New organization total: 271 players.

2/12: RHPs Kevin Carlow, Jeff Barkley signed. New organization total 273 players.

2/14: FA RHS Jake Westbrook retired. FA C Rob Johnson signed minor league deal with San Diego.

2/19: FA LHS Jay Voss signed with Lancaster of the independent Atlantic League.

2/22: RHPs Kurt Heyer and Boone Whiting added to major league camp.

The St. Louis Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix (effective 2/22/14)

25-man (26) 40-man (39)
Wainwright Siegrist (L) Molina Craig Wong Peralta M Carpenter
J Kelly Rosenthal T Cruz Adams Descalso Kozma

Lynn C Martinez


S Miller Motte

Wacha Maness

Ja Garcia (L) Choate (L)

MLB free agents (6)
(not included in  totals)
C Carpenter (ret) Mujica (BOS) Furcal (MIA) Beltran (NYY)
Westbrook (retired) Axford (CLE)
MiLB free agents (14)
(not included in  totals)
Additon (L BAL) Marte R Johnson (SD) Peterson (WAS) Gotay (CIN) Chambers (HOU)
Ri Castillo (COL) Voss (L IND) Christian (TB)
Delgado Huffman (JPN)
Hooker (OAK) Romak (LAD)
Russell (TEX)
Memphis (27)
Lyons (L) Rondon Tartamella (NRI) G Garcia Curtis Taveras
McGregor Fornataro A Perez Albitz Moore (NRI) J Butler
Whiting (NRI) Freeman (L)
Easley (NRI) Miclat
Ramsey (NRI)
Gast (L)
K Butler O’Neill
Castro Almarante (NRI) Swauger
Greenwood (L) Pham
Stoppelman (L NRI)
Neshek (NRI)

Springfield (22)
Ferrara (L) Baker Rasmus (NRI) Scruggs (NRI) Walsh M Williams S Rodriguez
Blair Miranda (L) Stanley (NRI) Smith Lu Mateo (NRI) Piscotty (NRI)
Cooney (L NRI) Wyatt Melker
Petrick (NRI) Wright (L) Grichuk
Cornelius (L) Kiekhefer (L) Ortega
Palm Beach (29)
Heyer (NRI) Shaban Montero Jon Rodriguez Wilson Mejia Stienstra Longmire
Gaviglio (NRI) Nazario (L) J Castillo Wisdom (NRI) An Garcia
Hald (L) Swagerty (NRI) Popkins
Melling (L) A Lucas Tilson
Corrigan Barraclough Gil
Jenkins T Lee
Cuda Billbrough
Sherriff (L) Stock
Gonzales (L NRI)
Peoria (25)
C Jones Sabatino (L) Keener Schaffer B Valera Vargas Martin Walton
Perry Llorens Velazco Herrera Martini
S Garcia C Thomas Ehrlich Caldwell McElroy
Mayers Scanio Neil
Helisek (L) Donofrio
State College (33+2)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Booden Brookshire (L) A DeLeon Washington Katz Wiley (SL) Ro Castillo
J Lucas Herget C Kelly (NRI) Voit Schulze Young
Bautista Petree Rosenberg Ustariz C Valera Ramos
V DeLeon Reed (L) Bosco
Rauh Pierce (SL) L Perez
Harris Ar Reyes Bryan
Aldrete Webb Peoples-Walls
Polanco Carlow
B Freeman (L) Barkley
Johnson City (26)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
F Baez Anderson Bean Ringo R Reyes Altobelli Acevedo
I Brito (L) Holback F Rodriguez R Garcia Pedroza Jeffries
Al Reyes Lomascolo (L) Wick
Gerdel Loraine Lacy
D Martinez McKnight Vigo
Perdomo B Lee
Paredes Grana
GCL (34)
P P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Villegas Escudero L Cruz Stone Collymore Pina R Medina Ray
McKinney (L) Silva (L) J Gomez C Rivera E Alvarez Torres
Kaminsky (L) D Perez (L) Godoy Mercado Asbury
Farinaro J Perez E Rodriguez Bautista
F Flores Salazar
Hawkins (L) S Lopez (L)
Foody (L) Caballero
Frey Gallardo
Nielsen Capellan
DSL (49)
Arias A DeLaCruz (L) Ripoll D Gomez Y Sanchez E Sosa J Baez Sierra
Parra F Gonzalez D Pena R Encarnacion D Paulino J De La Cruz Franco
Medrano Gavin (L) J Lopez L Flores Cordoba Alvarado
Jor Rodriguez V Encarnacion Ortega Linares R Luna
R Santos J Lara Cotes Bandes
J Mateo Urena (L) Talavera
D Gonzalez Oca (L) A Luna
Alcantara R Sanchez J Rivera
O Diaz DeLaRosa C Rodriguez
Vallejo C Luis
Y Medina
J Alvarez


(DL): injured – on the disabled list
(I): injured and assigned to Extended Spring Training
(TI): temporary inactive list
(SL): suspended list
(RL): restricted list
(MIL): military list
(TO): tryout player not under contract
(FA): free agent signee
(xx): round 2013 drafted player was selected
(L) left-handed pitcher
bold: on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster
(#+#): for teams, the number of active players on the roster plus number of inactive/not under contract (DL+TI+SL+RL+MIL+TO) players

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50 Responses to “Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season”

  1. blingboy says:

    New matrix day is always a happy day for me. The chronological list of every roster transaction in the whole system is alone worth the price of admission.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Thanks. It is a lot of work and I am glad to know it is appreciated. This page gets many looks over the course of time.

      • blingboy says:

        I could not count the number of times I have looked back at previous matrix pages to run through the list of transactions for some reason. When guys moved up or down a level, on or off the various MiLB DLs, etc. The matrix is also the only way to keep familiar with some of the more obscure guys at lower levels, and gives a very good thumbnail view of the depth at any position in the upper levels.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    6 home grown players reached AA or AAA, then earned economic freedom to play for another team. This is a healthy indicator of guys climbing the ladder, even ones not destined for the Show.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Additon and Zach Russell were low profile coming out of US high schools. We brought them into the system and they became effective pros, with Additon eating innings for Memphis the past 2 years. He is a success story reflecting well on what the Cards are doing with their minor league program. To promote a winning atmosphere in the minors and to protect pitchers who we will use in the majors, we need minor league pitchers to contribute a lot of innings. Castillo is another guy who has done this. After laboring for the Cards for 7 years, six guys have earned free agency.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Mo has plenty of ways to reduce names still on the 40 man roster. Candidates to be removed include C Perez, Utility Curtis, RHR Rondon, RHR Fornataro, RHR Salas.
    The consensus among Post Dispatch types is Axford will be let go, on grounds of being overpriced for having “lost” a job at closer for the Brewers. This may prove true. However Axford still brings it 95 for an inning. He was effective for the Cards during September and the playoffs, better than some rookies who collect more headlines. The Cards are shedding about $45MM so have available budget. Axford could give a stable force out of the pen next year to replace Mujica and to be a role model for rooks and insurance in case Jason Motte does not bounce back to form. Axford also might have value to be included in a trade to another team. There is so much money sloshing around the game, a veteran reliever still in his 20s who only costs $6MM is almost a bargain. I doubt Mo considers Axford’s salary a big albatross, more like chump change within the economics of baseball.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Seems pretty simple when deciding between paying $6MM or $500K for a sixth inning guy. As we saw with Axford this year and Mujica the year before, these kinds of guys are readily available on the market just about any time a need arises. Unless Axford is willing to take less to stay, my bet is that he will be non-tendered.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        It may be more complicated. In a pen, we like a few experienced guys who act as mentors (Springer types). With Mujica, Westbrook, Carpenter among those exiting for 2014, and it unknown if Motte can bounce back, Axford is reliably healthy and knows pressure situations. Axford can share the load with Rosenthal if the kid has pitched preceding days. We saw in 2012 how a vet like Mujica gave a huge lift by providing reliable outs in the 7th inning. Also Axford is controllable for a couple of years, which makes him tradable, in the event we choose not to keep him ourselves. So we will see what happens. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

        • Brian Walton says:

          So if you want someone other than Choate simply for his “veteran-ness,” sign one of a gaggle of RH relievers on the free agent market for $1MM and save $5MM. There is nothing about Axford that makes him mandatory.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      We owe a big debt to Mujica, who pitched fantastic in late 2012, to help us reach the playoffs. In 2013, Mujica saved the day after the injury to Boggs. We honored our debts to Mujica by keeping him on the playoff rosters, after Matheny had overworked him and his effectiveness faded. It might seem to disrespect Mujica for Mo to disclose that Axford can backfill him. This could provide a reason for the Cards to circulate the rumor among reporters that Axford is overpriced and will be let go. We will see what happens. My guess is Mujica will land a deal with another team and the Cards will then mention they want to keep Axford around.

      1B Peterson went from independent league obscurity to collecting a few ML at bats. It was a feel good story for 2013. We will hope Peterson can cash in with a good contract for 2014, maybe with a team in Japan or S. Korea.

      CF Adron Chambers goes from serving on the roster for two playoff rounds to given his economic freedom. He has been an insurance policy behind Jon Jay for the past two years. With bonus baby Ramsey coming up to AAA next year, we can let Chambers look for another opportunity. This is best for him as well.

      • Brian Walton says:

        The Cards don’t have to circulate a rumor that Axford is overpriced, especially given his projected role. Anyone with two eyes and a brain knows that. All they have to do is tell his agent this: “If John will take $3MM, we’d love to have him back. Otherwise, we will non-tender him.” The media plays no role in this. Very black and white. There is no reason to pay over market value. None.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          His agent would love it if he was non tendered. That makes him an unrestricted FA……….they paid a good price for him……just to leverage Edward…………Edward had no fight in him so it all looked silly………… Cheapest they can have Axford for is 4.3?…………. They will trade him before they non tender him………… which is his future anyway.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          “There is no reason to pay over market value.”
          An arbitrator would decide market value for an individual player, when within arbitration years. If Mo elects to offer arbitration to Axford, he is by definition choosing to pay market value for Axford, the amount Axford is justly entitled to receive pursuant to the labor agreement.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Funny how when $5MM was spent on Wiggy, you went on and on and on and on and on and on about it. Now, it is just “chump change.”

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Wigginton was a daft signing from day 1 and a waste of a roster slot. I did not care about his salary, but suspected Wiggy would contribute nothing useful. I turned out to be correct (for once). $5MM invested in Axford is smarter than spending the same amount on Wiggy.
        Axford is salary controlled for 3 years. Player control is valued by general managers.

  4. Bw52 says:

    I think Cards should work out a deal with Axford 2 yrs 5 mill total.I like the veteran presence and insurance in case of the dreaded sophomore jinx by Maness,Rosenthal etc;.There is no guarantee Motte will return and be effective or there won`t be another rash of arm,shoulder or elbow woes hitting the pitching staff.Why be forced to scramble after arms in case of need when you have a asset fairly cheaply available.I say 2 year 5.0 million with some performance bonuses.

    • Brian Walton says:

      It may get down to how badly Axford wants to stay. If he thinks he can get more on the open market, he may not want to settle for $2.5MM per year.

      • Bw52 says:

        The RH bullpen FA guys are mostly average at best with a few exceptions;
        Joe Smith 70 Games 2.29 ERA 3.1 million 2013
        Nick Masset 75 Games 3.71 ERA 3.1 salary 2013
        Matt Albers 56 games 3.14 ERA 1.75 salary 2013
        Joba Chamberlain 45 games 4.93 ERA 1.9 salary 2013
        David Aardsma 43 Games 4.31 ERA 500,000 salary 2013
        Matt Guerrier 49 games 4.01 ERA 4.8 million salary 2013
        Michael Bowden 34 Games 4.30 ERA 510,000 salary 2013

        Not a lot of names jump out at you.Masset and Smith top the list and Smith is being chased by Rockies.Masset survived for years in bandbox Reds park.Bowden was once a highly touted RedSox prospect.Albers had a good year.After these guys you have mostly older guys like Luis Ayala 39 Games 3.27 ERA 1.0 million salary 2013. or guys bouncing back and forth between AAA and majors.

  5. LouisEu says:

    The correct count is 267. You miss Luis Cruz (DSL)

  6. jj-cf-stl says:

    anyone have any info on the minors Oscar Cotes signing?

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